Lonely Planet Writer

Thailand moves to ban surrogacy for foreigners

Thai Parliament building.
Thai parliament building. Image by Chris Brown / CC BY 2.0

Thailand’s interim parliament has passed a law that bans foreigners from seeking surrogacy services in a bid to end to the ‘rent-a-womb’ industry that had made the kingdom a favoured destination for fertility tourism. The move follows a string of highly publicised surrogacy scandals, including allegations that an Australian couple abandoned their Down Syndrome baby with his Thai birth mother, taking only his healthy twin sister home to Australia with them.

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